Carter’s early work, particularly, betrays the influence of a wide variety of Gothic sources. These include nineteenth-century American writers such as Herman Melville and Edgar Allan Poe and, through their work, German Romance; European authors such as Dostoevsky; nineteenth-century Gothic texts such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; the explorations of sadomasochism in the work of the Marquis de Sade; and the cinema, especially, but not exclusively, European cinema, particularly New Wave French cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, the vampire films of the 1960s, and the work of Alfred Hitchcock, particularly Psycho.
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